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Fraochaidh ........ boggaidh & grassaidh too :)

Fraochaidh ........ boggaidh & grassaidh too :)


Postby JimboJim » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:28 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Fraochaidh

Date walked: 14/10/2019

Time taken: 4.1 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 895m

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Fraochaidh, from Glen Duror. Bit of a grey day, but not the worst.
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Parked near the houses in Duror and walked along to join the forest road, up the south side of the glen. It was nice when the views opened up, looking back to the Ardgour hills.
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Over the other side of the glen, the Eas nam Meirleach, tumbles spectacularly down the south side of Sgorr Dhonuill. One comes to the end of the road, where there is a turning circle. At the far end, there is a quad bike track that heads steeply up the hill. Keep to it, till its end, if you wish, then hit the open hill after it emerges from the trees.
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The going is a bit boggy here and there, but not too bad I suppose, considering the rain there was recently. View through to Sgorr a' Choise, the wee pointy one and the bothy, Taigh Seumas a' Ghlinne, which has an interesting history.
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Fishing boat heading up Loch Linnhe.
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Decent view of Lismore on the ascent, but Mull remained shrouded in cloud.
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Through to another pointy one, Sgorr na Ciche ..., or the Pap!
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Ben Starav appears.
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Chinook drifting around.
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Military exercises on just now. Heading for Ardgour.
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Looking down on Elleric.
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Beinn Sgulaird.
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Beinn Fhionnlaidh. My first .... fail!
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Across to Bidean nam Bian, from the summit. Was scoffing my grub, when a couple appeared from the other side of the ridge, having come in from Ballachulish. They said it had taken over four hours and a tricky river crossing or two. (Took just over the four hours up and down, from Duror.)
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The Aonach Eagach ridge.
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Sgurr Dhearg.
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Beinn a' Bheithir. A fine pair!
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Looking over the steep sided Coire Dubh, to the Ballachullish pair.
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Back along the ridge, toward Duror. Ok, isn't much of a ridge :)
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Yours truly. Looking back to Loch Linhne.
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Lovely summit "cairn." Can't see the point of lumping the fence posts onto the cairn, but once someone does it .......
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Sgurr na h-Udlaidh. Finished lunch and was getting cold. Time to start back down same route.
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Over to Sgorr Dhearg from the lochan at A'Cruach. The other one was making a good impression of a peat bog.
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The forestry road back out. Over to Ardgour, beyond Duror.
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Nearing the end of the road, where the quad bike track begins.
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Last look back up to Fraoichaidh.
Last edited by JimboJim on Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Fraochaidh ........ boggaidh & grassaidh too :)

Postby past my sell by date » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:24 pm

Nice report and pics, but it amazes me how many people do this from Balachulish when it's so much quicker from Duror : I guess it's a much more interesting approach. I think the cairn woiuld make an excellent entry for the Turner prize - better than at least 75% of the ones I've seen :lol: :lol:
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Re: Fraochaidh ........ boggaidh & grassaidh too :)

Postby prog99 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:44 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Nice report and pics, but it amazes me how many people do this from Balachulish when it's so much quicker from Duror : I guess it's a much more interesting approach. I think the cairn woiuld make an excellent entry for the Turner prize - better than at least 75% of the ones I've seen :lol: :lol:

I think it used to be a bit of a tree bashing exercise at one point? I did it from Balachulish which is a nice approach.
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Re: Fraochaidh ........ boggaidh & grassaidh too :)

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:08 pm

prog99 wrote: I did it from Balachulish which is a nice approach.


We did it from Ballachulish, too. Longer but more time on the ridge :D Also the approach from the north-east is entirely on Forestry Commission (or whatever it is called these days) land, so no issues with stalking in September/October.

I'm tempted to try the Duror approach anyway, just to see the other side of the mountain. Fraochaidh is a very underrated hill IMHO.
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Re: Fraochaidh ........ boggaidh & grassaidh too :)

Postby JimboJim » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:06 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Nice report and pics, but it amazes me how many people do this from Balachulish when it's so much quicker from Duror : I guess it's a much more interesting approach. I think the cairn woiuld make an excellent entry for the Turner prize - better than at least 75% of the ones I've seen :lol: :lol:


I guess it all depends on one's appraoch :)
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prog99 wrote: I did it from Balachulish which is a nice approach.


We did it from Ballachulish, too. Longer but more time on the ridge :D Also the approach from the north-east is entirely on Forestry Commission (or whatever it is called these days) land, so no issues with stalking in September/October.

I'm tempted to try the Duror approach anyway, just to see the other side of the mountain. Fraochaidh is a very underrated hill IMHO.


Certainly not a bad hill and not too shabby going up from Duror, either, on the whole.
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past my sell by date wrote:Nice report and pics, but it amazes me how many people do this from Balachulish when it's so much quicker from Duror : I guess it's a much more interesting approach. I think the cairn woiuld make an excellent entry for the Turner prize - better than at least 75% of the ones I've seen :lol: :lol:


I think it used to be a bit of a tree bashing exercise at one point? I did it from Balachulish which is a nice approach.

No need for bashing trees now :) The quad-bike track is a bit steep and stony, but keeps on going till clear of the trees.
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Re: Fraochaidh ........ boggaidh & grassaidh too :)

Postby aaquater » Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:30 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Nice report and pics, but it amazes me how many people do this from Balachulish when it's so much quicker from Duror
I can only speak for myself, but being dependent on public transport, Ballachulish is an easily accessible start point. Duror, not so much :lol:
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